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September, 2011

  1. Spiral Down

    September 22, 2011 by Allan

    I have trouble giving this one a title. What I want to talk about are the unintended consequences of a finding of guilt in certain cases and “zero tolerance” policies.
    I represnted a man charged with assault on his 12 year old child. My client, the father, hit his daughter three times with his belt, tryimg he faced suspended operator charges. If convicted a license suspension is involved plus a lot of court costs. Eventually, a jail sentence will b imposed. And so it goes.

    I wonder what is being accomplished by this


  2. 100-year sentence appealed in massive fraud case

    by Christy

    Andrew A. Protogyrou, argued his client’s case before a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on September 21, 2011.

    Attorney Protogyrou argued that Edward Hugh Okun’s sentence was greater than necessary and that appropriate consideration was not given to his age, health and lack of a prior criminal record. Protogyrou argued about the propriety of the April 27, 2007, search warrant of Okun’s Midlothian offices and that his indictment was flawed. Mr. Okun is accused of stealing $126 million dollars.

    Protogyrou also argued that the sentence was excessive in light of Okun’s age, health problems, which include triple coronary bypass surgery in 1990, and his small prior criminal record – a driving under the influence charge in 1980.

    Read the full article at: Richmond Times-Dispatch website

    All case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case. These prior case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.